Didi

Unknown Prim ate of South America.

Etymology: Possibly a Carib word.

Variant names: Dai-dai, Didi-aguiri, Dru-di-di, Massikruman, Quato.

Physical description: Height, 5 feet. Reddish-brown or black hair or fur. Thickset, powerful build. Receding forehead. Heavy brows. Large eyes. Big-lobed ears. Flared nostrils. High cheekbones. Thick lips. Jutting jaw. Opposable thumbs. Long arms. Long, slender feet. No tail.

Behavior: Shy. Swings arms while walking erect. Apparently lives and travels as part of a pair. Call is "hoo hoo" or a long, melancholy whistle, beginning in a high key then dying away. Builds crude brush houses from palm leaves. Throws sticks and mud. Accepts food that is left out for it. Said to be able to mate successfully with humans.

Tracks: Apelike. Large toe joint of the male flares out, while the female's does not.

Distribution: Mazaruni, Cotinga, Berbice, and Demerara Rivers in Guyana; French Guiana.

Significant sightings: A British prospector named Haines came across two Didi in the Konawaruk Mountains, Guyana, in 1910. They were covered in reddish-brown hair.

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A guide named Miegam was traveling up the Berbice River in Guyana in 1918 with three others when they saw two hairy creatures on the riverbank. The creatures' footprints looked apelike rather than human.

Mycologist Gary Samuels observed a 5-foot-tall Didi about 60 feet away in the Guyanese forest in 1987. It walked past on two feet, making an occasional "hoo" sound.

Sources: Edward Bancroft, An Essay on the Natural History ofGuyana, in South America (London: T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1769), pp. 130-131; Charles Barrington Brown, Canoe and Camp Life in British Guiana (London: E. Stanford, 1876), pp. 87-88, 123, 385; L. C. van Panhuys, "Are There Pygmies in French Guiana?" Proceedings of the International Congress of Americanists 13 (1905): 131-133; Nello Beccari, "" Ameranthropoides loysi, gli Atelini e l'importanza della morfologia cerebrale nella classificazione delle scimmie," Archivio per l'Antropologia e la Etnologia 73 (1943): 1-112; Ivan T. Sanderson, Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life (Philadelphia: Chilton, 1961), pp. 178-181; Mark A. Hall, Living Fossils: The Survival of Homo gardarensis, NeandertalMan, and Homo erectus (Minneapolis, Minn.: Mark A. Hall, 1999), pp. 50-51; Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe, The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide (New York: Avon, 1999), pp. 72, 183.

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